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Lecture | War, Love, and Victory: From Ishtar to Aphrodite to Venus
Start Date: 4/5/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 4/5/2016End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description
Dr. Stephanie Budin, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of History at University of Oregon, will present a complimentary illustrated lecture on April 5 at 7:30 p.m in the Paulus Lecture Hall at the Willamette University College of Law. 

In the ancient world, it was not uncommon for deities to transfer and be adopted as well as adapted by neighboring cultures. Today, we readily recognize how the Romans looked to ancient Greece and borrowed and translated Aphrodite, the goddess of love, into Venus. But how far back do Aphrodite’s roots go? According to Budin, they go back over several thousand years to the ancient Near Eastern goddess of war, love and fertility—Ishtar.

Budin will focus on how the aspects of sexuality and belligerence played out for each of these individual goddesses. As the evidence will show, her warrior-like qualities declined considerably by the time she reached Greece, but revived with the Roman Venus Victrix—Venus of Victory!

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Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Phone: 503-370-6855
Email: museum-art@willamette.edu
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Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
This event is cosponsored by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Department of Art History at Willamette University. Additional support has been provided by the Department of Classics, Religion and the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette University, as well as the Salem Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
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Photo: Background: Cylinder seal (detail), Akkadian period, ca. 2330-2150 BC, stone. The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Creative Commons (CCO 1.0)Foreground: Pietro Teheran (Italian, 1789-1869), “Cupid Pulling a Thorn out of the Foot of Venus” (detail) marble. The State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo by Yair Haklai. Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Background: Cylinder seal (detail), Akkadian period, ca. 2330-2150 BC, stone. The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Creative Commons (CCO 1.0)Foreground: Pietro Teheran (Italian, 1789-1869), “Cupid Pulling a Thorn out of the Foot of Venus” (detail) marble. The State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo by Yair Haklai. Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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